- FREE WEBINAR! Editors’ Tips on Revising Your Manuscript and Query Letter via Writer’s Digest: On March 7, five editors will provide revision tips and the inside scoop on querying agents.
- Bigger Isn't Always Better via Babbles from Scott Eagan: Choosing the right agency to query, and how the size of the agency might impact your decision.
- Manuscript Rejection Feedback: 3 Critiques to Heed (and 2 to Ignore) via Writer’s Digest: When to revise and when to ignore feedback.
Writing for Publication: After the Sale:
- Is It Time, Dear Writer, To Ditch Your Literary Agent? via Terribleminds: Reasons why you might want to leave your agent behind.
- Freelance Publicists Contact Sheet 2017 via Publishing Trends: A contact sheet for freelance book publicists.
- Book Marketing Strategies with Chris Syme – 089 via Create If Writing: Listen or read the interview on tips for book marketing.
- 15 Ways to Earn Your Audience as a Writer via Writer’s Digest Guide to Literary Agents: Guest columnist and author Chuck Wendig shares tips to earn an audience based on your skill, talent, and devotion.
- Social Media and Being True to Yourself: Jilly Gagnon talks #FAMOUS via YA Interrobang: Author Jilly Gagnon discusses her new novel and cyberbullying.
- ELLY BLAKE and SUZIE TOWNSEND GUEST POST W/ QUERY CRITIQUE and FROSTBLOOD GIVEAWAY via Literary Rambles: Elly Blake and her agent ask and answer questions on publishing.
- Queer YA in the Trump / Pence Era via YA Interrobang: YA author Robin Talley discusses writing her novel, Our Own Private Universe.
- Jennifer Brown, author of DARE YOU, on always having something new to learn via Adventures in YA Publishing: Jennifer Brown shares more about her second novel in the Shade Me series.
Literary Agent News and Interviews:
- Q&A with Literary Agent Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media via Women Writers, Women(‘s) Books: Tips on query letters and manuscripts.
- Coffee & Conversation with Thao Le: From Dreaming to Doing Conference via As the Eraser Burns: Interview with Thao Le about her favorite books and other fun questions.
Writing and Pitch Contests:
- Say What?! Son of a Pitch is Back! via Katie Teller’s Stories: Another query/250 words contest, called Son of a Pitch, launches on February 20th. Open to YA, NA, and Adult manuscripts.
- Announcing Pitch Madness 2017…Candyland Edition! via Brenda Drake: Reminder that this contest submission window opens February 24th.
- Upcoming Contest--Mark Your Calendars! via Adventures in YA Publishing: Reminder that our Red Light/Green Light contest begins March 9th.
- Getting in Touch With Emotion; Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt via Writing.ie: A list of links to help writers channel the emotional depths of characters.
- You Vs. The Reader via KidLit: Creating a reliable narrator that readers connect with.
- How To Make Your Setting Come Alive In Edits via Go Teen Writers: Ways to enhance your setting as you revise.
- Capitalizing and Punctuating Quotations via Daily Writing Tips: The rules for all your quotation conundrums.
- PubCrawl Podcast: POV via Pub(lishing) Crawl: The latest podcast on point of view.
- Emotion vs. Feeling: How to Evoke More From Readers via Writers Digest: Fiction and nonfiction author David Corbett discusses writing emotion vs. feeling, and how to use both.
- How To Edit Description via Go Teen Writers: Author Jill Williamson offers advice for writing too little or too much description.
- Craft Resources: How to Perfect Your Opening Pages via Adventures in YA Publishing: Resources to get your pages ready for our next Red Light/Green Light contest! Entry day is March 9th.
- 4 Reasons to Write Short Stories via The Write Practice: Short stories hone your craft, and are quicker to write than a novel.
- Using Theater Techniques to Write Better Emotion by L.E. DeLano via Adventures in YA Publishing: Using theater techniques to show, not tell.
- Writing Tips: 7 Steps to Deal with Overwriting via The Creative Penn: Toning down overly ornate writing.
- Have Courage, Writers! Use the “Theory of the Duck” via Writers in the Storm: How to be brave in the face of writerly rejection.
- How to Fall Back in Love with Writing via Goins, Writer: Tips to reignite your passion for writing.
- YOU’RE TOO SMART TO GO DOWN STUPID via Kristin Lamb: Hollywood producer Joel Eisenberg discusses the winding path to publication and not giving up.
- Want to Double Your Success as a Writer? Do This via The Write Practice: Setting intentions to commit to daily writing.
- WOW: Treating your path to publication like it's your MFA via Adventures in YA Publishing: Author Jennifer Brown discusses how to use rejection as a learning opportunity.
- Failure, Betrayal & Setbacks—Sometimes the Only Way Out is THROUGH via Kristin Lamb: The pitfalls of instant success and why growth is a learning process.
- 5 Inspiring Writing Quotes From African American Authors via The Write Practice: Five quotes for writing inspiration.
- Plant the Tree. via SubItClub: Developing patience on your path to publication.
Publishing News & Trends:
- Bookstore Sales Rose 2.5% in 2016 via Publishers Weekly: Sales comparison from 2015 to 2016.
- QUESTION: What do you say to allegations of racism in Carve the Mark? Via Epic Reads: Veronica Roth’s response to criticism of her latest novel.
- This Week In YA: Everything, Everything and More! via Epic Reads: Movie news and cover reveals.
- Publishers are hiring 'sensitivity readers' to flag potentially offensive content via The Chicago Tribune: The role of the sensitivity reader in today’s publishing climate.
- Procrastination Pro-Tips: Leigh Bardugo’s WONDER WOMAN, An EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING Trailer, And More! via Forever Young Adult: A round-up of YA movie news and more.
New YA E-Book Deals:
New YA Book Giveaways:
- Adventures in YA Publishing Giveaways
- Epic Reads Giveaways
- Goodreads Giveaways
- RivetedLit Giveaways
- YA Books Central Giveaways
YA Book Awards and Congratulations:
- Carnegie and Kate Greenaway awards announce 2017 longlists via The Guardian: The UK’s most prestigious children’s book prizes reveal their finalists. Congratulations to all the YA authors!
YA New Book Deals and Releases:
- New Releases this week 2/13-2/19 plus Giveaway of DARE YOU via Adventures of YA Publishing: Our list of new releases!
- What new YA books release this week? (February 14) via YA Interrobang: Regular feature highlighting new YA releases.
Just for Fun:
- A Rebel's Reading List: The Books Victoria Aveyard Recommends for Her Own Heroine via Goodreads: See what books Mare would be reading.
- The Prettiest Library Cards (As Seen in the #RiotGrams Challenge) via Book Riot: Pictures of beautifully designed library cards.
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